Founded in 2002, CSI’s mission is to catalyze community, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racial inequity and create equitable outcomes for all. We craft and apply strategies and tools to transform our nation’s policies, practices, and institutions, in order to achieve racial equity.

Whether or not we thrive as individuals is determined by how our society is structured.

Local government decides whether or not a new bus line will connect you to the thriving downtown area. Banks decide whether or not to offer you a loan to purchase a new home. Businesses decide whether or not to open a new location in your neighborhood.

Decisions like these structure the world in which we live and determine what opportunities and challenges we face. These interactions help or hinder whether we have decent housing, quality health care, and good schools, among other opportunities—and too often, the collective impact of these decisions, both past and present, comes at the expense of communities of color.

We call this phenomenon structural racial inequity, and it has prevented us from achieving a truly inclusive democracy in America.

We can do better.

At Center for Social Inclusion (CSI), we believe that a truly inclusive democracy is achieved when everyone can participate in the creation and sustenance of solutions that promote equity and fairness. To get there, we must recognize how structural racial inequity has excluded communities of color from being full participants in our society. We must also recognize, as a growing body of research shows, that policies and practices that explicitly address the needs of communities of color will build a vibrant, opportunity-rich society that improves the well-being of us all.

This is where CSI comes in.

CSI’s mission is to catalyze communities, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racial inequity and create equitable outcomes for all. We craft and apply tools and strategies to dismantle structural racial inequity, in order to achieve racial equity.

Our approach is organized into four strategies:

Policy & Research

Working with community groups, government, and national organizations to develop policies that advance racial equity.

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Talking About Race

Developing and sharing tools to talk about race and shift the dominant narrative.

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Capacity Building

Building leadership capacity through multi-racial coalition building, convenings, leadership development, and trainings.

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Institutional Change

Developing and implementing institutional change strategies to operationalize structural racial equity.

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